Sunday, November 22, 2015

Invincible Summer by Seth King: Review


We all remember our first love, that one affair that took custody of your heart and never really let it go. Readers around the world were touched by The Summer Remains, a heartbreaking and inspiring novel about one of these romances – but Cooper Nichols, the enigmatic young man at the center of the novel, was largely silent on the matter. Until now.

“I just can’t believe it’s over between you guys,” my best friend said as we walked down the pier. “You two were supposed to last forever.”

I stared out at the blue sea. “Oh, trust me, it’s not over. I am going to see that girl’s face in every crowd I look into, forever. And maybe a few forevers after that…”

And so begins the tale of young writer Cooper Nichols. Left in ruins after a tragic summer romance, Cooper is afraid the sun may have set on him for good – until his mother discovers a copy of Cooper’s journal he kept of that summer. As he reluctantly slips back into his own past in the pages of his notebook, Cooper starts to rethink everything he thought he knew about life, death, and all the love that can bloom in between – and what follows is a thrilling and breathtaking journey back to joy that will sink into you and stay there for the long haul.

Illuminating, romantic and soul-stirring, Invincible Summer is a testament to the miraculous power of love, in all its immortal glory and everlasting majesty. If you have ever found yourself drifting back to a long-lost romance during a quiet moment, prepare to be pulled under all over again.

“That one summer. Everyone’s got one, that fleeting season that rearranged you and imprinted itself onto your soul forever. You were mine. I swear I’ll never forget your hazel eyes. I swear I’ll never forget those few months when the winds roared. I’ll always think of you that way. And if you can, please come back to me. At the end of the day I’m just a boy who wants to get back to his first love, and I miss you. Just find a way back, please. I’ll be waiting.
Until then, I’ve got nothing…”

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About the Author:

Seth King is a twenty-five-year-old author who writes for anyone who ever wondered what the “book boyfriend” was thinking. He appreciates New Adult Romance written by women, but after deciding a man’s perspective was missing he turned his life into a book.

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Review by Michelle:

How do you follow up a book about a girl who desperately wants to find love before her impending death and a boy who looks beyond everything that makes her different or "other" in the eyes of the world to fall deeply and irrevocably in love with that girl? You simply follow the boy through the abyss of grief that follows her death to the other side where time marches on and waits for no one, and beyond. Invincible Summer by Seth King is the story of Cooper Nichols after his life is changed by Summer Johnson. A story that goes far beyond what you would imagine his story to entail. A story that is unique, powerful, thought-provoking, and inspiring.

Cooper's narrative starts out just as you expect it would. This stunningly captivating character from Summer's story is just as charming, endearing, fiercely loyal, and fascinating as you may remember and his story is just as painful and heartbreaking as you would imagine. Cooper is a wayward ship in an ocean of sorrow with no compass to find his way out and no sail to take him there. On top of all this, we finally see into some of Cooper's secrets of the past to find that he was really much more tragically broken than he seemed. While Summer was the only one capable of slowly bringing him back to life, her death has a good chance of extinguishing any of the fire that she brought out in him and leaving him at rock bottom, contemplating the unimaginable.

An important and emotional journey for anyone, but especially so for those of us who have suffered the loss of a loved one. There is wisdom in the painful lessons we can gain in observing the passing of time and the grieving process of others, there is fellowship in the universal truths of being left behind, and there is understanding and commiseration as we are reminded that we are not the only ones who have had to endure such hardship. Even at our most shameful and hopeless time of mourning we are reminded that life goes on, like it or not. Life moves on with or without us and somewhere down the line, no matter how long or hard our road of grief, no matter how bereft and defeated we become, there may be no moving on, but there is always a way to continuing moving past. There is more for us in this life if we choose to LIVE, for us, for those around us, and for them.

I was a bit disoriented at first and taken aback by the turn that the story took early on. Honestly this wasn't in any way the tale I was expecting or even hoping for when I heard that Cooper would be getting his own book. Instead, Invincible Summer proved to be a much more potent and intriguing story than I anticipated. A unique take on a what could have been a familiar or indistinguishable story. One that raises all sorts of questions and encourages and inspires reflection.

I have heard the words life changing used to describe Invincible Summer. Is this story life changing? I actually really hope so. There are so many valuable lessons contained within, so many inspirational moments, and so many reminders of what is truly important in life and so often taken for granted. But maybe it won't be quite so dramatic for you. Maybe it won't change your life. Maybe you will merely find it empowering and uplifting. Maybe it will only stimulate you to question what you know and firm up your beliefs. Maybe it will simply get you thinking. Maybe you will only find it entertaining or a nice diversion. Whatever you take from this story, I can't think of how a single one of these outcomes could possibly ever be a bad thing.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

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